Sewer Cleaning & Inspection in Seattle: Here’s How Often You Need To Get it Done

Seattle’s heavy rainfall and abundant tree growth aren’t the only reasons to be on top of sewer inspection and cleaning. Sewer line inspection Seattle has a huge hidden cost that many property owners don’t know about.

Alert! Sewer Line Inspections in Seattle

Homeowners in Seattle are in a uniquely tricky situation compared to those in other cities. Here, property owners are held responsible for repairs to the entire length of side-sewer pipe that connects a home to the main line. Don’t think you’re just having a pipe fixed or replaced either; repair costs also include excavation and street or sidewalk resurfacing. Total costs can run into the tens of thousands of dollars. The Seattle Times offers a deeper look into the situation, and makes clear that the consequences of a sewer line failure aren’t limited to dollars and cents; they also mean lots of raw sewage spilling out into the street.

The Basics

Homes 10 or more years old

Homes of this age should get an inspection (and cleaning as needed) roughly every six months. If that seems like a lot, don’t forget the cost of a major repair. Besides, technological advances in the field have made real-time video inspection possible. Any issues can be diagnosed on the spot.

If your home is newer than 10 years old, you only need to get an inspection once a year

If you’re moving to a new home, be sure to get an inspection before you move in, or else you could wind up with an expensive problem before you move in. Seattle utility officials have recommended budgeting $10,000 to $40,000 for sewer repairs to new home purchases. Invest a little bit of money in an inspection and you may save yourself loads more.

The specific benefits of regular sewer inspections and cleaning

Prevent and treat backups

Non-invasive video inspections are the industry standard for sewer inspection and allow problems to be diagnosed almost immediately. If any clogs are blockages are identified, they can be water jetted away to prevent sewage backups in your home.

Early diagnoses

Especially when it comes to sewer repair in Seattle, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Regular cleanings will give you and your sewer inspector a clear sense of what’s going on underground and what problems you may be able to anticipate having to invest in.

Improve sewer line longevity

You probably don’t think about it very often, but your sewer line is one of the most important parts of your home. Think of how many times you’ve flushed your toilets today alone. If it weren’t for your sewer lines all that nasty stuff wouldn’t be going anywhere you didn’t carry it. Treat your sewer well and save yourself some (large amounts of) money and ensure your sewer line has the longest life it can.

If you think your home may be ready for a sewer cleaning or inspection, or even a repair, get in touch with us today!

5 Ways to Avoid A Major Plumbing Repair Down The Line

Some plumbing repairs can’t be avoided. Especially in Seattle where heavy rainfalls and tree roots can put a serious strain on sewer lines. Good news is, some plumbing repairs, however, can be avoided. At Price Busters Plumbing, we want nothing more than for your home’s plumbing to run as smoothly as possible. We’ve put together five easy ways to avoid major plumbing repairs down the line.

Cut the Grease

Grease doesn’t belong in your sink. Over time, grease will build up in pipes, collecting other debris, and prevent water flow. Worst case scenario, grease will clog a sewer line causing a sewer back up. Rather than trying to flush grease down the drain, collect it in a jar or can. Added bonus: you can reuse grease for cooking.

Replace Rubber Hoses with Steel Braided Hoses

Your washing machine probably drains and fills through rubber hoses. Unfortunately, these hoses can break unexpectedly, pouring out up to 5 gallons of water per minute. If no one’s home when it happens, that could quickly become a plumbing emergency. Avoid catastrophe and replace those rubber hoses with stainless steel braided ones.

Be Kind to Your Toilet

Think of all your toilet does for you, the unique and special relationship you share. Show some love and be kind to your toilet!

No Bricks in the Tank

Displacing water in your toilet’s tank is a great way to cut down on water waste. However, if you’re going to do that, be sure to use a sealable, plastic bottle filled with gravel or sand. A brick will erode in the tank and can damage the hardware of your toilet leading to much bigger problems down the line.

Avoid Chemical Decloggers

Chemical de-cloggers and drain cleaners may clear your drain in a pinch, but they’ll corrode pipes and seals, which can lead to a serious plumbing emergency.

Enzyme Drain Cleaners

Enzymatic drain cleaners are a great preventative measure. Just like there are enzymes in your own digestive system that help break down food, enzymatic drain cleaners live in your drains and break down materials, which helps your plumbing run more smoothly.

Protect Your Drains

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There’s no denying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Protecting your drains is the best way to protect the pipes and plumbing they feed into.

Drain Guards

Guard your drains with drain guards. You know what we’re talking about. Just a couple dollars could save you hundreds in fixing drains clogged with all the nasty stuff that a drain guard catches.

Unflushables

Not everything is meant to go down the drain. In fact, most things are NOT meant to go down the drain. Those “flushable” baby wipes? Nope, don’t flush ‘em. Hair, floss, tampons, and condoms all belong in the trash, not your toilet.

How to Treat a Clog

If the tried and true methods—plunger, hot water, baking soda, and vinegar—haven’t worked for you, it’s time to call on your reliable Seattle plumber, Price Busters Plumbing.

Clean Your Drains—Often!

Don’t let clogs happen to you. Clean your drains! Simply pouring a gallon of your hottest tap water down each of your drains will go a long way in preventing costly clogs from cluttering your plumbing! Enzyme Cleaners and other preventative fluids also help, just make sure to avoid chemical de-cloggers!

If you’ve done all you can and you have a clog you can’t beat, a running toilet that’s costing you sleep, or a serious plumbing emergency, call on Price Busters Plumbing today!